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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Microsoft Now Looking In Your Computer Before You Download or Upgrade

If you have visited the Microsoft website within the last year you likely noticed that you had the option of checking that your operating system was legit before downloading or to skip the test and download directly.

Well, today it has become mandatory. In a strong effort to squash those who have fraudulent Windows operating systems from getting access to downloads and upgrades, Microsoft is now making that test mandatory.

So, what does this mean? Well, Microsoft has lost billions of dollars due to illegal operating systems.

All of you who own one of these babies aren't going to get a thing anymore. I do agree with Microsoft. Why should you make them lose hundreds of dollars and expect upgrades and downloads at the tip of your fingers?

But Microsoft is a big company, what is a couple of hundred dollars gonna do to them?

Well, you are not alone. Apparently, there are 100 million of you thinking the same thing. That 100 million turns into billions of dollars in lost revenue. (Last year alone they lost $41 billion).

So how does this operating system check work?

Well. once you initiate the test you computer will be searched for thing such as product keys, operating-system version and information on the flow of data that occurs between the windows operating system and other hardware.

Hey, I took the test and I thought I bought a legit copy of Windows. I've been unknowingly sold a piritated version of Windows!! What do I do?

Sadly, this stuff actually happens.

If you are one of those poor souls who have been tricked, Microsoft hasn't let you down.

Microsoft will give you a brand new version of Windows XP if you fill out a privacy statement, give them the proof of purchase, and hand them the pirated CD's.


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